The spectacular scenery, dramatic coastline, colourful towns and villages and ancient archaeological treasures have been featured in postcards, film, poetry and song. Each twist and turn on the road will reveal new sights - windswept cliffs, breathtaking scenery, spectacular lakes, rich flora and fauna, green and yellow chequered hills and unspoilt beaches. It is said that the landscape varies a hundred times in 100 kilometres.
The route takes you from Kathleens through Aghadoe, via Killorglin and Glenbeigh where the Atlantic comes into view at Rossbeigh, and continues along the southern shores of Dingle Bay to Kells, and south to Cahersiveen, where Valentia Island comes into view.
There is evidence of the region's unique heritage and culture everywhere, in the place names, the standing stones and the many archaeological sites. Visit the 6th century beehive huts on Skellig Michael - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or, visit The Skellig Interpretative Centre located over the bridge at Valentia.
Onwards to Waterville and along the coast via the Coomakista Pass and Derrynane to Sneem. At Sneem you may either drive through the scenic mountain road direct to Molls Gap which should take about 1 hour or drive along Kenmare Bay to Kenmare town which will add about 2 hours to your journey.
The last stretch of road down through Killarney National Park from Molls Gap to Killarney via Ladies View must surely be the most spectacular in all of Ireland with superb views of its Magical Lakes and Mountains. It is at this point that you will clearly understand why the Ring of Kerry should always be anticlockwise from Killarney.